Library design awards 2019 - Short listed libraries

Library Design Awards 2019 - Short listed libraries

We received fifteen high calibre submissions to the awards and the judging panel found the decision making and short listing process hard. After careful consideration the judges were delighted to short list seven libraries for the awards.

 Medium / large library category

Liadlaw Library, University of LeedsLaidlaw Library, University of Leeds

The Laidlaw Library is an attractive and popular addition to the wide range of library and study spaces at Leeds. The vibrant and busy location aligns with the focus on undergraduate students and the street frontage, integration with heritage environment and iconic public art installation, is welcoming to the city and contributes to widening participation aspirations. 

                                                                                      Presentation at Library Design Awards

Templeman Library, University of KentTempleman Library, University of Kent

The Templeman Library at the University of Kent stands proudly at the heart of the main university campus in Canterbury. It is effectively a substantial and impressive redesign and rebuild of the original library, featuring an innovative extension, which has enabled the university to realise many of its strategic teaching, learning and research ambitions.

Presentation at Library Design Awards

University of Roehampton LibraryUniversity of Roehampton Library

Roehampton’s new library, positioned directly inside the main campus entrance, makes an impressive and deliberate statement about the place of scholarship and learning in the University. It is an interesting, attractive and well-designed building that has had a transformative effect on the library and campus as a whole.

Presentation at Library Design Awards

Small library category

University of Birmingham LibraryAlbert Sloman Library, University of Essex

The aim of the development was to extend, refurbish and refresh the Albert Sloman Library - to improve the original structure while maintaining its strong presence. To be the intellectual centre at the heart of the research-led university, supporting a wide and growing range of learning and research needs.

                                                                                     Presentation at Library Design Awards

Liadlaw Library, University of LeedsGreat Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library, University College London

This was a refurbishment project of an existing library; with the aim of creating more study space and IT provision.  ‘Elegance and versatility’ underpinned the project, providing the ‘wow factor’ for students. The versatility of the refurbished space has also had a tangible impact on UCL’s new Student Centre which opened in February 2019.

                                                                                     Presentation at Library Design Awards